Fatal Charlotte bicycle accident a reminder of the high cost of medical care, fatal bicycle and pedestrian accidents in North Carolina

A 48-year-old man injured in a Charlotte, North Carolina bicycle accident has died a week after being hospitalized with serious injuries after an accident with a pickup truck in west Charlotte, WCNC News reported.

Our Charlotte accident attorneys understand the pain, anger and frustration often endured by families dealing with a serious or fatal accident. In this case, consulting an experienced North Carolina wrongful death lawyer can help protect the family’s rights and their long-term financial well-being. Too often, a grieving family is too distraught to consider the practical implications of not only losing a loved one but of being saddled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

In this case, the rider was hit on Wilkinson Boulevard near Old Dowd Road on Oct. 22. He was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, where he died on Oct. 30. A recent report found the cost of a medical helicopter ride alone can exceed $10,000, including a $9,000 liftoff fee and $100 a mile.

In 2008, a total of 716 riders were killed in bicycle accidents and 53,000 were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the overall number of traffic fatalities has been in decline nationwide, the number of bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents has not declined nearly as fast. And some areas have seen an increase in bicycle and pedestrian crashes. Thirty-two fatal bicycle accidents occurred in North Carolina that year. South Carolina reported 14 bicycle fatalities.

Men are nearly nine times more likely to be killed in a bicycle accident. And, as the popularity of cycling has increased, middle-aged men — especially those ages 45 to 64 — are at highest risk. Since these victims are often a family’s primary wage earner, protecting their rights in the wake of a serious or fatal accident is frequently critical to ensuring the welfare of the wives and children left behind.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle or pedestrian accident in Charlotte or the surrounding areas, contact the Charlotte injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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